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RP Energy trains lifeguards for drown-free Zambales

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by cfeliciano

PRESS RELEASE 26 May 2016

There is no doubt that the Philippines is home to many world-class beaches that attract locals and tourists alike. However, there remains a need to have more certified lifeguards to man these frequented waters.

The same is the case for the Zambales coast. In response, Redondo Peninsula Energy, Inc. (RP Energy) and its partners spearheaded a Lifeguard Training Program that catered to 16 young individuals from Bataan and Zambales who are aged 25 years old and below.

“Our goal is not merely to provide employable skills for our youth, but also to help in the realization of a Drown-free Zambales,” said Jason Gavina, RP Energy’s Corporate Social Responsibility Officer.

RP Energy has been supporting lifeguard and lifesaving competitions in Zambales since 2011. The province is known for its beaches such as Anawangin, Pundaquit, Capones in San Antonio. Likewise, the beaches of Subic and Bataan continuously receives plenty of tourists due to its proximity to Manila.

The recently concluded program was made possible with the help of Zambales Lifesaving, Inc. – a training and certifying organization duly accredited by the Philippine Coast Guard.

Interested participants were selected after they underwent a swim test and panel interview. A week-long training followed. After which, the trainees were assessed through written and practical exams.

TRANSPORTING A SPINAL INJURY. Participants were trained to handle different scenarios that they may encounter on field.The 10-day intensive program included both hands-on and classroom components. Module topics covered First Aid, Rescue Techniques, Carries and Supports, Resuscitation and Communications, among others.

During a graduation ceremony last May 19, a total of 15 trainees received their certification for completing program. The ceremony was attended by RP Energy and its partners, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Zambales Lifesaving Inc., and Philippine Coast Guard officials. The event was held at Crystal Beach resort in San Narciso, Zambales.

“RP Energy believes in uplifting the quality of life in its host communities. We hope that this CSR initiative encourages more resorts and other stakeholders to join the cause,” said Ms. Reynalita Santana, Meralco PowerGen’s VP for External Affairs.

 

Eloisa Ungria, an 18-year-old outof school youth, has been offered a job as lifeguard in her neighboring resort in Iba, Zambales. “I want to help my family after this training by getting my own job,” she said.

Miguel Villamin, 13, a gold-medalist swimmer from Zambales National High School volunteered as part-time assistant lifeguard at Crystal Beach Resort. “Thank you for trusting me that even at my young age, you gave me this opportunity to learn more about lifesaving. I will use this to promote water safety to my young peers,” Miguel said.

 

For his part, Zambales Lifesaving Roger Bound said: “This puts Zambales on the map of lifesaving sports and advocacy. This should be replicated not only in the region but the rest of the country.”

 

RP Energy’s Lifeguard Training Program is supported by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Zambales Lifesaving, Brent School International, Crystal Beach Resort, and the Philippine Coast Guard.

For inquiries, please contact:

Claire C. Feliciano

CFeliciano@meralcopowergen.com

+632 422 1928 | +639479962163